Re-Opening Plans 20-21

School will be different this fall for every Mississippi child. To help districts and parents stay informed, we created a new page on our website. Re-Opening Plan Tracker We have compiled a Google Sheet that provides school plans, social media accounts, and website information for every school district in Mississippi. Know re-opening plans vary widely…

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Re-Opening Plans 20-21

Before You Ask to Pick Our Brains: Helpful Tips

At Mississippi First, we often get calls or requests from students doing research, interested members of the public, and other advocates seeking to learn more about pre-K-12 public education in Mississippi by interviewing us in person or on the phone about what we do, what we believe, or what we think about an idea the…

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Before You Ask to Pick Our Brains: Helpful Tips

Senate Bill 2511

UPDATE on 3/11/20: The Senate voted on March 4, 2020 to pass an amended SB2511 that, in addition to the bill’s original provisions, would allow the Mississippi School of the Arts (MSA) to certify supplemental teaching endorsements as well as alter how the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) classifies the licensure class of out-of-state applicants….

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Senate Bill 2511

MSF celebrates 10 years!

In January, we celebrated our 10-year anniversary with a breakfast at the State Capitol. Several legislators, education policy partners, and even a few former interns stopped by to congratulate us on our first decade. “For the last 10 years, Mississippi First has championed transformative policy solutions ensuring educational excellence for every Mississippi child. We are proud…

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MSF celebrates 10 years!

SB 2161 Signed by Governor

Today, Governor Bryant signed SB 2161 into law. This bill requires charter schools meet or exceed graduation requirements set by the State Board of Education, makes teachers eligible for PERS if they work in a charter school, gives teachers 3 years to earn state certification as long as no more than 25% of a charter school’s…

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